Launched in 2017, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio gets a longer than usual shelf life since 2023 will bring a mid-cycle update that will likely stay on sale for another three or four years. A thin-covered Italian SUV prototype has been spotted undergoing final testing while showing slightly updated taillights with new full-LED graphics and what appear to be darker colours. However, the shape of the taillights remains the same.
A facelift usually introduces redesigned front and rear bumpers, but the Quadrifoglio doesn’t appear to have changed, at least on this in-progress vehicle. The most important novelty hides under the only piece of Alfa Romeo camouflage applied to the Stelvio. This hides new headlights featuring the same “3+3” design we saw on the smaller Tonale as a nod to the SZ Zagato or Proteo concept. They tend to be larger here to match the footprint of the larger SUV.
Eagle-eyed readers will notice there is a red wire hanging from the cargo area, but it doesn’t appear to be connected to anything under the vehicle. Elsewhere, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is pretty much the same high-performance SUV that has been around for a number of years. It remains to be seen if Alfa Romeo intends to update the interior by installing a full digital instrument cluster.
It’s unclear if there are any changes under the hood of the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. Alfa Romeo has developed a more powerful version for the Giulia GTA/GTAm but the equivalent Stelvio version has been ruled out. In the super sedan, the engine pumps out 540 hp or an additional 30 hp compared to the standard Quadrifoglio.
The year 2023 will be important for Alfisti for another reason as their favorite brand will finally introduce their long awaited sports car. However, the clock is ticking for combustion engines as Stellantis says Alfa Romeo will turn into a pure electric brand in Greater Europe, North America and China by 2027. In fact, all automotive conglomerate brands active on the Old Continent will only be selling EVs by the end of the decade. . More time is needed in the United States where Stellantis wants zero-emission vehicles to account for half of total sales by 2030.